All Illinois state parks would reopen May 29 if the state moves to Phase 3 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s state reopening plan as expected. Besides opening parks, that step would also include allowing:

  • Foursomes to play golf at the same tee time
  • Groups of up to 10 people to go boating and camping
  • Concession facilities to reopen under guidelines set for retail and food service businesses

In the meantime, options remain limited for one more week.

As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding residents that 60 state parks are open.

“That does offer some recreational opportunities throughout the state,” said IDNR Director Colleen Callahan during a recent visit with RFD Radio. “Part of the consideration was geographic. We wanted to make sure that we had sites that were open throughout the state.”

Other options considered included open areas for biking, hiking, wildlife watching and mushroom hunting, as well as equestrian trails.

“So we were looking at a variety of opportunities at those various sites,” she said.

Restricted access to 60 parks resumed May 1. The list of those parks can be found here.

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